Residential school education credit deadline to be extended
Deadline to be extended by 2 months once approved by a judge
The deadline for former residential school students to apply for an education credit of up to $3,000 will be extended, after fewer than one-third of the roughly 79,000 people eligible for the credit applied for it.
Bill Erasmus, national chief of the Dene Nation, says more and more people are applying for the credit as they come to understand how broadly it can be used.
"We have people who are applying for the $3,000 to upgrade the cabins they have in the bush, so they have more access to being on the land,” Erasmus says. “People are also accessing it to improve their language skills."
The deadline for applying was Oct. 31, but the federal government, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit have agreed to extend the deadline by two months.
The two months will begin once the change is formally approved by a judge — something that's expected to happen within the next few weeks.
Application process proved difficult
The education credit is not provided in cash.
It must be accessed through education institutions such as colleges and universities or friendship centres and cultural institutes.
Applying for the $3,000 credit proved difficult for many of those eligible, particularly in Nunavut where there are few educational institutions.